Heavy Seas / Devils Backbone Land Ho! Black Pilsner Style Lager

 
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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 158   ABV: 5.25%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Virginia’s Devils Backbone Brewing Company, with Brewmaster Jason Oliver, was a perfect partner for us to do a collaboration beer. Not only is Devils Backbone one of the most award winning breweries in the country over the last few years, but Jason hails from Heavy Seas’ home port of Baltimore. Also, Ernie Igot, Heavy Seas’ Brewmaster, is clearly a lager lover and specialist, and he and Jason had a great time conceiving and developing this special lager. It has been a privilege working with both of these gentlemen, and I hope you enjoy the result of this joint effort.

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3.8
Patrickctenchi (6629) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Pours nearly black with a tall, frothy tan head. Aroma is light....a little bread, roast, coffee. Taste is slightly smoky, bitter chocolate, malt. A bit of bitter and bread.... Very enjoyable....a great tasting beer..smooth. An easy drinker.

3.8
maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Very interesting. Pours a dark amber with a smallish head. Strong levels of roasted malts in the nose that come through in the taste, too. A little non-hops bitterness to it, but an easy drink.

3.8
JDBaker11058 (2254) - Maryland, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Appearance: near black, with chocolate brown highlights and a short beige head; minimal lacing. Aroma: chocolate, pumpernickel, black pepper, grass, and hay. Taste: slightly roasty, with notes of toast, chocolate, rye; hops are grassy and peppery. Finish: crisp, slightly spicy and toasty. Notes: An interesting beer. Billed as a black pilsner and I totally get that from the beer. It’s got the roasty/toasty notes of a schwarzbier, but the hops are decidedly pilsnery. I liked it.

3.7
jsquire (4525) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2012
Dark beer with ruby highlights when held against the light. This beige head. Sweet brown sugar nose with some light toasted grains. Sweet brown sugar taste with lots of roasted grains, burnt toast and an almost campfire smoke to it. Apple and pear fruitiness. Nice sweet beer.

3.7
dlovell2 (2172) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 10, 2013
Dark brown with an amber tint and a tan head. Malt and citrus aroma. Roasted malt flavor with citrus finish.

3.7
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 20, 2014
THOUGHTS: Great beer. I don’t know what would make this a black pilsner as opposed to a schwarzbier, which is an already established term. In other words, it’s a great schwarzbier. The low ABV s the 22 oz. bottle an easy solo project. This is what Guinness Black Lager should have been like. It’s like a crisp porter. TECHNICAL: Drank 3/7/2013. Bottle. Poured a dark brown cola color with bright red highlights and looks nearly black in the glass with an average, tan head that mostly diminished and left good lacing. The aroma contained light grain, coffee and roasted malt; light grassy hops; vanilla and hints of cola. The initial flavor was slightly sweet and lightly bitter and acidic; while the finish was lightly sweet and bitter. There was chocolate, roasted malt, crisp grassy hops, coffee, slight licorice, caramel malt and grain. The medium body was little creamy with fizzy carbonation and a lightly astringent finish.

3.6
Aniela (4216) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2013
75 cl bottle at Bishop Arms Järntorget Gbg, okt 2012. Brown beer with a small offwhite head. Malty, bready aroma. Bready, malty flavour with caramell notes.

3.6
Emeister84 (2505) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2013
Milk chocolate, subtle coffee, and noble hops on the nose. Dark brown-black with a moderate, khaki head. Roasty with a hoppy snap, very balanced. Medium body, lively carbonation, and finishes very cleanly with lingering roasted chocolate and grassy, hop tones.

3.6
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2013
Slutfest! Black and slightly brown at the edges. Aroma is strongly floral hops. Flavor is light chocolate and floral hops. Not bad, but not really great either. Like the idea here though, hope they tweak it a bit and keep at it.

3.6
pinkie (470) - New York, USA - JUN 4, 2013
Thanks to Bert for this awesome bottle from Maryland. Pours black, opaque with just a little light at the bottom when held to the light. 2 thin fingers of foam that fell fast to a filmy cap and ring. Soapy lace. Nose is strong with toast, roasted grains and floral hops. There’s some grass from the hops but almost no fruit except for a hint of dark fruits. Smells a lot like cola. Nose has chocolate but it’s not sweet. It has plenty of grain. There’s some caramel and molasses as ti warms. Taste is strong malt. Toasted, a little smoke, the mild chocolate cocoa powder, and walnut.The hops are floral and earthy with plenty of grass but no real fruit on the palate. Also there is not really any malt sweetness on the palate so it has a dry quality. Body is thin and a little over carbonated. Finishes with toast, roast, coffee and a moderate bitter. It was hard to want more of it because it lacked any kind of sweetness. It tasted a lot like dry cheerios. For the style it’s right on. A neutral malt character with nothing burnt, moderate roast and a bitter chocolate flavor featuring a moderate hop bitterness.


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